Dispatches Islamic school to complain to Ofcom in a bid to cover its own lies?
An Islamic school in Birmingham says it is drafting a complaint to Ofcom in light of a Channel 4 Dispatches show.
Lessons in Hatred and Violence aired on Monday evening, showed footage of a preacher at Darul Uloom School displaying extreme views.
Head teacher Mujahid Aziz said the school had been misrepresented.
Dispatches said it stood by its investigation and that "numerous" adults had been filmed teaching contempt and hatred towards others and for other religions at the school and the camera doesn’t lie nor put words into their mouth’s.
A senior pupil has now been expelled in some sort of token jester by this school, if this had happen in an English school those teaching such racism would no doubt have been suspended and the police would have arrested them for racism towards others?
Mr Aziz trying to cover up the school racist teachings said action had been taken “over some of the incidents” in the episode before he knew they had been recorded.
Just has well it had been recorded as the programme very clearly captured a class leader making offensive remarks about Hindus.
Mr Aziz said the comments made in the class were "completely unacceptable".
"We accepted that before we knew the recordings were taking place," he said.
Head teacher Mujahid Aziz said it's a clear misrepresentation of what we actually do. But the program will say different story to Mr Aziz statement
He added the person making the comments, who had been a senior pupil, had been expelled.
"We gave him several warnings. He had certain views that were contrary to our ethos," he said.
The programme had completely misrepresented the school's teachings, Mr Aziz said.
Out of two years of teachings, the programme makers had taken a few incidents and shown them again and again, he said.
"It's a clear misrepresentation of what we actually do," Mr Aziz claimed.
He added the school had eventually found the recording devices and taken them to the police.
"Despite them containing extensive footage of our school we called police immediately.
"We gave it to them. We have got nothing to hide."
Hate messages have been left on the school's answer phone, he said, even before the programme was broadcast.
"The students themselves are feeling in the spotlight. They feel victimised.
"The media seems to be always on us."
The school took a decision to close for half-term four days early in light of the programme.
A Dispatches spokesman said programme makers believe the comments made in the film speak for themselves.
"Our investigation exposed numerous adults in positions of authority at the school on many different occasions teaching pupils as young as 11 years of age contempt for other religions and wider society.
"These include speakers, teachers, senior teachers and visiting 'Maulanas'. The school continues to fail to respond to address these issues," the spokesman said.
"The programme clearly raises concerns about those in positions of responsibility in these schools - not the pupils who attend. It includes a fair summary of the school's response to the allegations.
"We will robustly defend any fairness complaint against the programme."
Beatings, hatred of non-Muslims taught in Muslim high schools
It is an assembly hall of the sort found in any ordinary school. Boys aged 11 and upwards sit cross-legged on the floor in straight rows. They face the front of the room and listen carefully. But this is no ordinary assembly. Holding the children’s attention is a man in Islamic dress wearing a skullcap and stroking his long dark beard as he talks.
‘You’re not like the non-Muslims out there,’ the teacher says, gesturing towards the window. ‘All that evil you see in the streets, people not wearing the hijab properly, people smoking . . . you should hate it, you should hate walking down that street.’
He refers to the ‘non-Muslims’ as the ‘Kuffar’, an often derogatory term that means disbeliever or infidel.
Welcome to one of the British most influential Islamic faith schools, one of at least 2,000 such schools in British-Britain, some full-time, others part-time. They represent a growing, parallel education system. The school is the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham, an oversubscribed independent secondary school. Darul Ulooms are world-renowned Islamic institutions and their aim is to produce the next generation of Muslim leaders. In fact, these schools have been described as the ‘Etons of Islam’.
This school is required by its inspectors to teach tolerance and respect for other faiths. But the Channel 4 current affairs programme Dispatches filmed secretly inside it – and instead discovered that Muslim children are being taught religious apartheid and social segregation.
We recorded a number of speakers giving deeply disturbing talks about Jews, Christians and atheists.
We found children as young as 11 learning that Hindus have ‘no intellect’ and that they ‘drink cow p***’.
And we came across pupils being told that the ‘disbelievers’ are ‘the worst creatures’ and that Muslims who adopt supposedly non-Muslim ways, such as shaving, dancing, listening to music and – in the case of women – removing their headscarves, would be tortured with a forked iron rod in the afterlife.
In 2009 this school was praised by the British Government-approved inspection teams for its interfaith teachings. The report said that ‘pupils learn about the beliefs and practices of other faiths and are taught to show respect to other world religions’.